Professor Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye, Bachelor of Arts (cum laude in Geography) of Vassar College, Ploughkeepsie, New York, and Master of Arts in Economics of New York University, Master of Science and Doctor of Science in Population Science, both from Harvard University. The first woman Fellow and President of the Social Science Council (now Academy) of Nigeria, an erudite scholar ant trail-blazer in Population Science, Mrs. Makinwa-Adebusoye is a distinguished Professor of 21 years’ standing in the field of Population Science. Professor Makinwa-Adebusoye is a formidable presence in the Nigerian and international academic community in the Social Sciences. From her first appointment as Lecturer I in Geography at the University of Benin in 1975, she rose rapidly to become a Professor of Geography in 1982 in the field of Population. Her varied professional experience spans several research institutes including the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), the Food Security and sustainable Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa (ECA), and the Population Research Unit of the Nigerian Institute of Economic Research (NISER) in all of which she held leadership positions. Taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by these research institutes, Professor Makinwa-Adebusoye published extensively and became a frontliner in the field of Population Science.